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International Autumn School “Cognitive Interfaces”

October 8 – 11, 2019 | Bad Teinach, Black Forest, Germany



The 3rd International Autumn School “Cognitive Interfaces” of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen will be held from October 8 – 11, 2019 in the Black Forest, Germany. Early career researchers are invited to engage in four days of intensive discussion and hands-on sessions on the challenges and potentials of digital technologies for the execution of knowledge-intensive activities such as complex decision making, or self-regulated learning.

The Autumn School addresses empirically oriented Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers (within three years after receiving their Ph.D.) in the fields of psychology, computer science, social sciences (e.g., communication science, sociology, education science), or medicine, dealing with questions in the field of digital technologies. 

The Autumn School presents a unique opportunity to meet fellow researchers and learn from outstanding scientific leaders by developing new research ideas. Across two parallel workshop tracks (about 12 participants each), the Autumn School provides a place to explore, discuss and reflect, share ideas and gain insights into the complex interplay of digital technologies and human interaction.

        Lautenbachhof, Bad Teinach

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 The Autumn School will take place at "Lautenbachhof" in Bad Teinach, Black Forest, Germany 

Track Leader and Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Psychology Department at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Research interests: embodied and embedded cognition


Bio sketch: Biosketch_EvanRisko_2019.pdf



Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Informatics (BMI) at Arizona State University, Columbia University, Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell College of Medicine in New York

Research interests: medical decision making, medical cognition, the impact of technology on human cognition


Bio sketch: Biosketch_VimlaPatel_2019.pdf


Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research (Health Informatics), Weill Cornell Medical College
Senior Executive Consultant, IBM Watson Health
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Biomedical Informatics (Elsevier)

Research interests: integrated decision-support systems, their effective implementation, and the role of the Internet in health care


Bio sketch: Biosketch_EdwardShortliffe_2019.pdf



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Welcome Day and Keynotes

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 and Thursday, October, 10, 2019
Workshop Track 1 and 2 in parallel sessions:
Track 1 – Digital technology in medicine, Vimla Patel, Co-Leader: Edward H. Shortliffe
Track 2 – Cognitive Offloading, Evan F. Risko

Friday, October 11, 2019

Final presentation of results


Workshop Track 1 – Digital Technology in Medicine

Digital technology holds promise for improving healthcare, but also has numerous challenges at the interface between computing devices and health professionals. These challenges are compounded by the complex nature of healthcare and the lack of empirical evidence to validate the impact of these technologies on health professionals’ reasoning and decision making about patient problems. Principles of cognitive science and human-computer interaction [HCI], together with the development of data analytical methods, can provide insights into the nature of such interfaces. In this workshop we will discuss the challenges, identify the knowledge gaps, develop hypotheses, and design laboratory-based and real-world studies in the context of complex clinical workflow. Prior experience with medical systems will not be required for those who participate. We will focus on cognitive, social, and organizational issues that influence clinical decision making and may compromise patient safety.

Workshop Track 2 – Cognitive Offloading

Achieving our day-to-day cognitive goals is enabled through interactions between the mind on the one hand and the body (e.g., gesture) and physical artefacts (e.g., computers) on the other (Risko & Gilbert, 2016). One important class of this kind of distributed cognition is cognitive offloading—the use of the body and/or physical artefacts to alter the information processing requirements of a task in order to reduce cognitive demands. For example, we often offload memory demands by storing information externally (e.g., in a computer file). Despite the (arguably increasing) ubiquity of this class of behavior, there has been limited research conducted to date investigating it which means that we have much to learn about it. In this track we will explore a number of unanswered questions about cognitive offloading and its broader applications.

Organizational Information  


The attendance of the Autumn School will be free of charge. Accommodation costs will be covered for all participants.

Travel Information
The Autumn School will be hosted in a hotel in the Black Forest in Germany. A shuttle bus from Tübingen Main Station to the venue will be provided for all participants and referees for arrival and departure. You are requested to organize your travel to Tübingen by yourself.

There are direct train connections from Stuttgart Central Station to Tübingen Central Station.

The best way is to take a flight to Stuttgart Airport (Leinfelden-Echterdingen). The Airportsprinter, going directly from Stuttgart Airport to Tübingen departs every half hour from Monday to Friday (Saturdays and Sundays every hour). Or you go to Frankfurt Main Airport and then by train via Stuttgart to Tübingen.

It is also possible to go directly to the location “Lautenbachhof” in Bad Teinach (ca. 50 km from Tübingen). Please consider that the location is in the middle of the Black Forest, 7 km away from the next train station (Bad Teinach), and there is no public transport from Bad Teinach Station. Parking at the location is possible.